What is Feng Shui? Is it Real?
There are a lot of opinions on Feng Shui and whether it is indeed real. For those who don’t know what it is, Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that was formulated in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Feng Shui, in translation, means “wind” and “water.” Of course, this term doesn’t directly relate to the two elements, but it is a term associated with good health and fortune.
Whether you believe in Feng Shui as a reputable study, there are bits of wisdom to it. For instance, studies have shown that the layout of homes, schools, and office buildings can play a psychological role in how to interact and maintain a high level of production throughout the day. In a way, Feng Shui promotes this idea that layout and added features play a role in how we interact with the world, and how the world interacts with us.
In this blog, we will be discussing the principles of Feng Shui and whether there is something to the layout of an office and the mindset of workers.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is thought to be the art of placement, specifically the art of understanding how the placement of objects and your essential furniture affects your life and life experiences. It is a body of study that tries to interpret how objects can adjust our level of balance, harmony, and positive energy. Feng Shui’s main objective is to find balance in a space and provide good fortune to the people that inhabit any space. Offices, homes, and gardens can be adapted to follow feng shui principles. In offices, these ideals are encouraged in order to promote business and economic success.
Though this practice is not considered a true science, feng shui has influenced interior design throughout the world. After all, if there is a possible way to achieve good fortune in life, love, and your career, why not try it?
The Elements of Feng Shui
Feng shui and Taoism both put trust in polarities, such as the Yin and Yang. Both ideals believe that the yin and yang are the foundation of all life and cannot exist without the other. The yin and yang is the belief in true, universal balance to achieve positive chi and harmonic life.
The practice of feng shui has five elements to maintain.
These elements are as follows:
Each of these elements is represented by certain colors that can bring harmony to any area. The elements of feng shui can interact with each other in different ways. Feng shui elements can react to each other constructively or destructively. How the elements and colors of a room are arranged will determine if the reaction is beneficial or not.
How can you tell what is constructive?
Constructive Feng Shui Should Go in this Order:
Water provides growth to trees/ Trees grow and provide wood/ Wood becomes fuel for fire/ Fire adds to the soil/ Soil is the essence of Earth that forms metals/ Metals can cool and allows water to condense.
Office Design and Psychology
Feng shui and office interior design actually share a lot of similarities. For instance, without knowing it, interior designers use feng shui principles to design and coordinate certain spaces. Feng shui encourages spacing out furniture and other items, which interior design, too, attempts to space out items in open layouts.
Particularly in office design, it has been recognized that spacing and organization plays a role in individual productivity and mood. When offices incorporate open and collaborative workspaces, workers are much more likely to communicate effectively and to comfortably work.
Fractal Coworking uses the principles of space and design to creative areas where your business and workers can thrive. With professionally designed collaborative workspaces, your workers will have the freedom to communicate more freely.
Contact Fractal Coworking today if you are interested in renting out one of our offices for your business. By contracting with us, your business will receive a list of amenities and a well laid out office plan. Not only do we create collaborative spaces for all, but we also offer open layouts for individual workstations as well. Contact us today.